Nic Sebastian
our mother


has a grappling hook and
a coil of rope she wears them
over her shoulder when
she goes to work

she gives us fifty
kisses fifty
"you look after each other"s and
anchors her grappling hook off our
bedroom window she climbs
over the sill in her big
adventure boots and her black
adventure watch with a compass and she
rappels away bouncing
and gliding down the side
of the world

we look out the window
down the rope
a lot but she always
surprises us she climbs in
at night and wakes us like a moon
on fire and daddy comes in frowning with
sticking up hair he says
it's late and it's
a school night but he wants to
dance around her too